The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 8, 2008

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Actors in 'Annie' Have to Go to School, Too
Byline: MARY MARAGHY As a lover of travel, education and the arts, Lori Betz said she's living large in her job as traveling tutor for the child Broadway stars of Annie. "The world is my classroom," said Betz, who two years ago left her Ohio...
A Honor Rolls
CLAY HIGH SCHOOL Ninth grade: Cheyenne Bell, Jennifer Culliton, Jacqueline Drums, Sarah Gagnon, Lindsey Hargrove, Dominique Hurley, Whitney Pinson, Micky Prince, Morgan Ramsey, Robert Tye, Darion Watson. Tenth grade: Zackery Barczak, Sara Beasley,...
An Afternoon in the Park - Skateboarding
Byline: APRIL SCHULHAUSER For the younger skateboarders, it was all about pushing their limits, learning new tricks and getting the most air on a recent Monday at Ed Austin Regional Park's new skate park in Arlington. For the older skaters, some...
Assisted Living Facility Bill Gets Put on Hold after Protest
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Residents waited more than 30 strong for almost two and a half hours Monday night to have their say about a bill that could redefine the city's comprehensive zoning plan to allow assisted living facilities in low-density residential...
A Winter Softball League Is for Adults
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The Adult Softball Winter League wraps up registration for the winter season Monday and will begin the season Saturday, Nov. 15. Registration is $125 for the season and $15 a game for the umpires. The softball league includes...
Basketball League Set for Youngsters
Byline: Wesley Mitchell Beaches basketball is starting a basketball league for grades pre-K through fifth and will be an eight-game season. All games will be on Saturdays and will start at different times. The season runs Jan. 3-Feb. 28. All games...
Bikers Ride All 7 Bridges for Dreams Come True
Byline: DAN SCANLAN An estimated 500 motorcycle riders will get their motors running and head out on the highway from Mandarin today with two goals in mind. One is to rumble across all seven of Jacksonville's St. Johns River-spanning bridges....
Blog-O-Mania
Thank God! This election is finally OVER! Perhaps now we can settle down and focus on living our lives and trying to get the economy going again. (Or at least a push anyway!) Obama won, now we must all HOPE that he is a "positive" change and not...
Board of Commissioners Backs Sheriff as Authority in Disputes; the Union Wants an Independent Mediator to Make the Decision
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Clay County commissioners have reversed course and will intervene in a dispute between Sheriff Rick Beseler and the law enforcement officers labor union. In September, the commission rejected a request from the Florida...
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; Bradley, Cummings Join Other Newcomers Men Take Experience and Sizable Margins of Victory into Office
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The two newest Clay County commissioners will take their seats later this month with local government experience and strong constituent support already in hand. Attorney Rob Bradley, who filled a vacant commission seat...
Boulware Concedes Defeat in State House Race
Former NFL player Peter Boulware has conceded a narrow defeat in his state legislative race. With all ballots from Tuesday's election finally counted Friday, Democrat Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda beat Boulware, a Republican, by 440 votes, for an...
Braggin' Rights
Here are highlights from residents on the Southside and in surrounding neighborhoods: THREE CHEERS - The School of Nursing at the University of North Florida has received the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award by the American...
Briefs; OP Clothes Closet in Need of Restocking
The Clothes Closet of Orange Park is in need of restocking to keep up with a rising number of needy families requesting assistance. Donations are needed of cereal, jelly, pasta sauce, canned meats (except tuna), used sheets, blankets, towels, pots...
By the Numbers
President 46 of 46 Precincts Votes / Percent - John McCain / Sarah Palin (REP) - 68,800 / 65.40% - Barack Obama / Joe Biden (DEM) - 35,578 / 33.82% Representative in Congress - DIST 7 - John L. Mica (REP) -68,270 / 69.28% - Faye...
Charter Defeated; Finds Support in Ponte Vedra
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - St. Johns County voters defeated a measure for a "home rule" charter government to replace the general law form of government Tuesday, but Ponte Vedra Beach voters supported it. The charter was defeated...
Christmas Creep Now Extends to Day after Halloween
Byline: Jackie Rooney Once upon a long time ago, when I was a youngster, the traditional holiday shopping season began on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Somewhere along the way, a phenomenon known as Christmas creep advanced the season's...
Classic Cars on Display at Grace Lutheran School
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Bouncy houses, face-painting, roast pork sandwiches and some pies in the face - those were just some of the activities Nov. 1 at Grace Lutheran School's third annual Car and Bike Show. More than 40 classics, hot rods, motorcycles...
Clay Voters Make the Final Cut after Exciting Election Season; Excitement Was High but No Turnout Record Absentee, Provisional Ballots Will Be Counted through Friday
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Elections officials will still be counting absentee and provisional ballots through Friday following the busiest election Clay County has ever seen, said Barbara Kirkman, elections supervisor. "It was crazy all day long....
Clay Voters Make the Final Cut after Exciting Election Season; Voters Approve Charter Amendments, Alcohol Poll Three Amendments Were Sponsored by a Citizens Group
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Clay County voters were in an approving mood in Tuesday's general election, passing four charter amendments and supporting another change proposed in a nonbinding straw poll. Three of the amendments were sponsored by...
College Smackdown; If Only He Had Worn His Lucky Game-Day Clothes
Byline: Trey Dennard What an eventful week before the traditional cocktail party, represented locally by Eric and myself with columns in My Nassau Sun, along with a wonderful feature story on Chris Bryan and her role as president of the Gator Booster...
College Smackdown; 'Little Pups from Athens' Sent Scurrying on Home Florida Gators Deliver 49-10 Beat Down for the Ages
Byline: Eric Corbett If you've read this column all year, you know that I made the extremely tough decision to give up my season tickets this year due to the economic downturn. I knew that I'd live to regret that decision come Florida-Georgia weekend,...
College Smackdown; Some Saturdays, None of Your Teams Are Winners FSU's Loss Was Really Painful in the ACC Championship Race
Byline: W. D. Rodeffer This could not have been any worse of a football week for me. Sure, I have had similar ones, but to lose and have most of the teams I wanted to win lose makes this one pretty bad. Everyone keeps saying we are one year away,...
Community Notebook; Celebration Raises $12,000 for Edward Waters
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY St. Philips Episcopal Church downtown held an Edward Waters College Day celebration in mid-October, raising almost $12,000 for the school. EWC graduate and former Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover made a personal donation...
Community Notebook; Learn Old-Fashioned Soap Making at Demonstration
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A demonstration of old-fashioned soap-making will be presented at the Herbal Link meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church, 7860 Southside Blvd. Linda and Daniel Sherrill, owners of Emerald...
Community Notebook; 'Works of Heart' Is at European Street Cafe
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Unique artwork and crafts created by adults with developmental disabilities will be available at "Works of Heart" from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at European Street Cafe, 5500 Beach Blvd. The event is a benefit for L'Arche Rainbow...
Congratulations (and One Admonishment) after Election Day
Byline: Travis Hill Back in August, I came to you with my tail between my legs and admitted that I did not vote. I'm still kicking myself for that. Inexcusable. But I made a promise then, both to you and myself: The Sun would make a better...
Costly Rail Service Would Lose Money; Advocates Say Millions Could Be Found to Build the Commmuter Service
Byline: LARRY HANNAN A proposed commuter rail system in the Jacksonville area will cost $543 million to build and $40 million a year to run, and won't make money, according to a yet-to-be completed study by a Jacksonville Transportation Authority...
Dealing with Nuisance Pests; Some of the Pesky Wildlife Critters in Your Yard Aren't All Bad
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE What is nuisance wildlife? No, it's not the teenagers living next door. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission defines it as "wildlife that causes or is about to cause property damage, presents a threat to public safety,...
Death Penalty Trial Opens for Kinlaw; Prosecution, Defense Portray Murderer in Two Very Different Lights
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Conflicting views of Harold Dean Kinlaw emerged Friday as his death penalty trial opened: a cold-blooded killer who hunted down his ex-wife and killed her lover or a dysfunctional family man who acted in self-defense....
Difference Maker
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Kris and Steve Ochs live in the Villas at Westminster Woods and have been volunteering in the area almost since the day they moved in. From helping other residents through physical therapy to reading at a nearby elementary school,...
Fathers-and-Football Event to Help Fight Crime
Byline: BRANDIS JEST Could Jacksonville's crime rate be reduced with just the presence of one figure? Is it possible that a few hours with daddy and a football could save a life in Duval County? Jay Fant, the chief executive of First Guaranty...
Fidelity Merger Should Be Positive; Acquisition of LandAmerica Allows Company to Control Almost Half of Market
Byline: MARK BASCH Fidelity National Financial Inc. announced a merger agreement Friday that will give the Jacksonville-based company control of nearly half the U.S. title insurance market. Fidelity plans to acquire Richmond, Va.-based LandAmerica...
Former Camden Sheriff Dies at 71; Jimmy Middleton Is Being Described as a "Sheriff's Sheriff."
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - Former Camden County Sheriff Jimmy Middleton died Thursday. He was 71. Mr. Middleton served as sheriff from 1977 to 1985. Prior to his election as sheriff, he served as chief deputy to Willie E. Smith, father...
Give Him a Hand; Julington Creek Resident Riding to Raise Awareness
Byline: MAC MITCHELL For the past two weeks, Julington Creek Plantation resident Don Worley has been traveling to Chicago. By hand. Worley is paralyzed from the waist down and is using a custom built hand-cycle to make the 1,000-plus mile trek....
GOLF ROUNDUP; Verplank Tops Disney after Another 64
Scott Verplank shot his second 8-under-par 64 in a row to take a three-stroke lead in the Children's Miracle Network Classic at Disney, the final official PGA Tour event of the season. Steve Marino (66) and Troy Matteson (68) are tied for second...
Hart Felt Ministries Gets Award; Concert Collects Toys for Kids
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg Founded by Southsider Jane Hart in 2004, Hart Felt Ministries recently received the 2008 Best of Jacksonville Award in the Senior Citizens Service category by the U.S. Local Business Association, a Washington-based organization...
'Heartfelt Message' Delivered
Byline: Gene Frenette Rather than stay estranged from the Jaguars or cause them unnecessary stress, linebacker Mike Peterson did the noble thing Friday by apologizing to teammates in a private meeting for verbally challenging head coach Jack Del...
Herbs Are Perfect for Yard, Kitchen, Even under the Tree
Byline: Beverly Fleming There are some plants I feel very attached to. I grow them every year in one or more forms. They may be common everyday plants or some may be more exotic. They may be native to the area or come from countries far away. These...
Heroic Actions Earn Honors for Police, Fire Officers
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Two of them saved the lives of men, women and dogs. Another survived multiple gunshot wounds during a chase, and a fourth just loves to help. The Southside Business Men's Club has rewarded these local police and fire department...
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL; Generals' Staying Power Lee Rallies for Win, Locks Up Playoff Spot
Byline: GARRY SMITS When times get tough in the fourth quarter for the Lee Generals, coach Myrick Anderson reminds them of a number: 3,500. That's the total yards the team runs in the form of wind sprints every week, 35 times up and down a 100-yard...
High School Scoreboard
FOOTBALL FRIDAY'S RESULTS AREA Arlington Country Day 50, St. Johns Country Day 15 Bishop Kenny 59, Suwannee 7 Bolles 58, Interlachen 0 Fletcher 42, Bartram Trail 13 Fort White 49, Taylor County 7 Forrest 20, First Coast 13 ...
High Voter Turnout Overwhelmingly Picks Republicans
Byline: AMELIA A. HART Nassau County had one of the highest voter turnout percentages in Florida for this presidential election, with 80.95 percent of registered voters participating. That put it at seventh among Florida's 67 counties for turnout...
HISTORY COMES ALIVE; Mandarin Museum and Historical Society Holds Its Fifth Annual Stowe, Steamboats and Stories
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Spanish soldier stood watch on the St. Johns River on a recent night as visitors walked up, dimly lit by candlelight as he stood at attention. A few yards away, they came upon Capt. Brock in front of the river, remembering...
Holiday Decorationsfuture Voter
VETERANS DAY CLOSINGS Government offices at all three Beaches cities and Ponte Vedra Beach will be closed Tuesday for Veterans Day. City Halls in Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville Beach will be closed as will the St. Johns County annex offices...
Hometown Artist Has Heart, Soul in Exhibit; Keith Doles Is a Native of the Northside, Where He Still Lives
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY It's like his fingerprint. Or maybe his handwriting. However he describes his artwork, it's obvious Keith Doles invests his heart and soul in his creations. He's spent years developing his craft, earning several college...
Hunters Blessed with Plenty of Public Hunting Grounds
Byline: Bob Buehn Hunting season has arrived in Clay County and hunters here are blessed with nearly 100,000 acres of public hunting land. General gun, fall turkey and quail and gray squirrel seasons all open today, the second phase of dove season...
In Business
Karen Werling, broker/associate with Prudential Chaplin Williams Realty represented the Amelia Island-Nassau County Association of Realtors and Northeast Florida at A Place in the Sun Live, the United Kingdom's biggest overseas property exhibition....
Jacksonville Journal
MILITARY VETERANS EXPECTED AT JOB FAIR Several hundred military veterans and their spouses are expected to attend a job fair at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Sponsored by RecruitMilitary, national, regional and...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Henderson Fined, out vs. Lions
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Defensive tackle John Henderson received a double whammy Friday when the NFL fined him $15,000 for an altercation last week at Cincinnati, and the Jaguars declared him out due to a knee injury for Sunday's game at winless...
JIA USES NEW TECHNOLOGY TO SCREEN PASSENGERS; Millimeter Wave Technology Can Detect Items through Clothing
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON The Jacksonville International Airport on Friday became the 14th American airport using a new technique called millimeter wave technology to screen passengers for weapons and explosives. Transportation Security Administration...
Law & Disorder
BICYCLIST CRITICALLY INJURED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY VAN Dylan Anderson, 31, of Jacksonville remains in Shands Jacksonville with life-threatening injuries after a van struck him Wednesday while he was riding his bicycle at night near Lake Asbury....
Local Girl Scout Troop Lends Helping Hand at Healthy Start
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Members of Mandarin's Girl Scout Troop 1244 earned their Girls Caring for Children patch recently by helping Jacksonville's Healthy Start agency. In commemoration of Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low's birthday, they...
Long Drive: Bartram Trail Finally Grabs First-Ever State Title
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Boys sports at Bartram Trail High School are now officially on the map. The boys golf team was recently crowned state champions - the first of any boys sports team at the school to do so - on Oct. 29 in Davenport. But...
MAA Tigers Gear Up for City Match
Byline: Mark Boleky With four seconds left and the score tied at 14, the Mandarin Athletic Association Tigers had come too far to not get in the end zone. So when running back Leon Coleman took the sweep and went six yards for the touchdown, the...
Mandarin Couple Helps Children Enjoy All the Fun of Fall
Byline: Rhonda Reese Donna and Richard Carter of Mandarin enjoy making children smile. They enjoy it so much that for the second year in a row, Richard drove to a downtown feed store for a large supply of hay while his wife and four-year-old...
Mandarin Middle School Names Its Teacher of the Year; Eight-Year Math Teacher Paulette Evans Honored for Her Hard Work, Dedication
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES At first, it was a toss-up between teaching and nursing school. More than 16 years later, Paulette "Paula" Evans, a sixth-grade math teacher at Mandarin Middle School, is reaping the fruits of her labors in the classroom....
MOTORSPORTS NOTEBOOK; Johnson on Pole; New Start for Others
Byline: DON COBLE AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Although Jeff Gordon is fifth in the Chase for the Championship standings, he's not worried about points for Sunday's Checker O'Reilly 500 at the Phoenix International Raceway. Because the championship essentially...
New Fire Chief Finds Fernandina 'A Good Fit'; Daniel R. Hanes Is Formerly of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY FERNANDINA BEACH - After almost 27 years working in fire and rescue services, Daniel R. Hanes was ready for the next chapter. He found it in Fernandina Beach, where he started Monday as the city's new fire chief. ...
New Shopping Comes to Town; High-End Stores Set Up Shop at Prime Outlets in St. Augustine
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Flagler College graduate Amy Waers, 25, who works as a buyer for Wal-Mart Stores in Bentonville, Ark., was back in St. Augustine visiting this weekend and didn't know the town had gained new high-end outlet stores, including...
No Joke: Switzerland Lawyer Named One of Nation's Best
Byline: MAC MITCHELL If you know any good lawyer jokes, tell them to Wayne Flowers. He loves the classics. Flowers, a 20-year resident of Switzerland, was recently named in Best Lawyers in America for 2009. According to Flowers, this is at least...
No Pet Project: BTHS Senior Eyeing Future as Veterinarian
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Jessica Goldberg is a musician, political activist, lover of science and has a deep interest in Jewish history and culture. At 17, this recent National Merit Semifinalist is demonstrating that she has what it takes to make an...
Notes
Byline: MELINDA KURTZO CLASSES GIVE IT A GREEN THUMBS UP Make your green thumb happy: - "Camellias in Your Landscape," 11 a.m. today, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. (386) 446-6780. - "Color...
OPMC's New Heart Program Saves Life of Argyle Man; the Program Installed a Pacemaker, Balloon Pump and Stent
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Gerry Castillo, a 54-year-old Argyle man, would be dead today if it weren't for a heart attack intervention program implemented at Orange Park Medical Center three days before Castillo arrived at the emergency room with chest...
OP, Middleburg on Proving Ground
Byline: BILL JOHNSON It doesn't matter that Bishop Kenny reached the state final four last year, or that it was the state runner-up the year before. It doesn't matter that the Lady Crusaders have ended Middleburg's volleyball season each of the...
Pair of Shootings Leave 2 Men Dead, 1 Injured; Neighborhood Sprayed with Bullets in Drive-By That Killed One Man
An incident at a cemetery and a drive-by shooting left Jacksonville police investigating two more deaths Friday. A visitor to Memorial Cemetery at Moncrief Road and Edgewood Avenue West discovered a man's body about 1 p.m. Police said the man had...
Peterson Rejoins Jaguars; after a Meeting with del Rio, the Linebacker Apologizes to the Team
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Linebacker Mike Peterson rejoined the Jaguars after a Friday morning meeting with coach Jack Del Rio. Whether he'll play Sunday at Detroit remains a mystery. "He'll travel, and we'll decide what we think is best for...
Police Briefs; Armed Intruders Ransack Apartment
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 58-year-old man opened his front door at River Bend Apartments at 3500 University Blvd. to find men pointing guns at his face. The victim told police that three men, two of them armed, entered his apartment and began...
Police Briefs; Man at Super 8 Motel Is Shot by Intruders, Wounded in Buttock
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Police arrived at the scene of a shooting in Argyle last week and found a man with his pants partially pulled down and a gunshot wound to his left buttock, according to a police report. The victim, 25, of North Riverside,...
Police Briefs; Man Beaten during a Home Invasion
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 62-year-old man was beaten with a baseball bat during a home invasion robbery in the 1700 block of Naldo Ave. The victim's roommate told police he was inside his room at 6:20 p.m. Nov. 1 when he heard a loud disturbance....
Police Briefs; Man Waiting at Bus Stop Is Shot in Robbery Attempt
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY A man waiting for a bus on the Northside last week was shot in the stomach during a robbery attempt, police were told. The victim, 69, of Arlington, had non life-threatening injuries and was treated at Shands Jacksonville,...
Police Briefs; Woman and Son Try to Stop Drug Thief
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH -A 41-year-old woman was robbed of a bottle of Oxycodone about 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at her home in the 800 block of North Sailfish Drive. Police said...
Police News; Mandarin Home Invader Still at Large
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Police are still searching for the man who kicked his way into a home in the 11700 block of Mandarin Road on Oct. 7 and got away with a huge jewelry box with rings, necklaces and other items inside. Security camera video shows...
Police Shoot Man after Struggle; He Was Subject of Earlier Police Brutality Claim
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER An armed Jacksonville man fatally shot by a police officer following a struggle late Thursday had been the subject of a police brutality claim settled by the city in 2006, city records show. Breon Pittman, 19, died after...
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION; the Man of the Moment
Excerpts from newspaper editorials following the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States. PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: STRATEGY ENDS Ding, dong, the wicked witch is dead! At least, America should hope it's dead. The witch being...
Pruette, Neptune Beach's New Mayor, Wants to Improve Council Meetings
Byline: DREW DIXON NEPTUNE BEACH - Two City Council members will return to the board, one as mayor. Seat 3 Councilwoman Harriet Pruette, the vice mayor, defeated former councilman Scott Wiley for mayor in Tuesday's election. Pruette got 2,193...
PSC Race Now a Hunt for Voters; Question Is, How Many Will Come out to Vote Dec. 2 with No Presidential Contest
Byline: JAKE ARMSTRONG ATLANTA - Democrat Jim Powell and Republican Lauren "Bubba" McDonald will have to scramble for votes from what may be a much different variety of voters in the Dec. 2 runoff for the Public Service Commission's 4th District...
Renuart Plans to Meet with Beaches Officials
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER Hours before the results were in Tuesday, state representative candidate Ron Renuart promised the Jacksonville Beach mayor that he would schedule a meeting with him and other Beaches officials to talk about the issues he...
RIDGEVIEW 31, COLUMBIA 14; Ridgeview Takes First District Title Hatcher Throws for Three Touchdowns in the Win at Columbia
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT LAKE CITY -- Ridgeview continued its magical run through a tough District 5-4A schedule by overwhelming Columbia 31-14 Friday night, and in the process completed district play with a perfect record to earn the school's first...
Riverside Development Looks to the Future
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY No longer a pile of dirt, no longer a vacant lot: It's almost hard to imagine. The Prado Walk development site in Riverside has been dormant for so long, passersby have grown used to it. But there's finally some construction...
Roundup
MANDARIN 31, DELTONA 21 Mandarin quarterback Jonathon Pillow threw for two touchdowns and 188 yards and ran for another score as the Mustangs (7-3, 4-1) defeated District 1-6A opponent Deltona. ... Visiting Mandarin built a 21-0 lead before Deltona...
Short Lines Make Voting Easy in Ponte Vedra; Early Voters Take the Pressure off; as Expected, Northeast St. Johns Went Big for McCain
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL and MAGGIE FITZROY Voting went smoothly on Election Day Tuesday around Ponte Vedra Beach and, like elsewhere in St. Johns County, John McCain garnered the most votes. In Ponte Vedra Beach, 8,131 people voted for McCain,...
Sidewalk Is Getting a Public Meeting
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - In hopes of helping resolve a long-debated issue, the Ponte Vedra Community Association will hold a public meeting in December to get community consensus on building a sidewalk project on Ponte Vedra Boulevard....
Sign at Gun Shop Causes a Stir; an Earlier Message Was Seen by Some as a Call for Violence to Obama
Byline: ADAM THOMPSON HULL, Ga. - A gun shop that used President-elect Obama's name to hawk weapons has backed down, saying the message was meant to champion gun rights, not threaten violence. Georgia Outdoor Sports owner Carrie Mentel said...
SOLE SURVIVOR; Debris Is Scattered along the Roads, but a Jacksonville Man Found Something Different - a Prosthetic Leg. Leg Is Safe, but So Far Nobody Is Claiming It
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY Stopping his car was a decision Daniel Harrett had seconds to make as he was about to drive beneath the Interstate 95 overpass on Dunn Avenue. Looking through his Honda Accord's windshield, the Jacksonville man almost didn't...
Sports Briefs
STEP UP RUN TODAY Former U.S. Olympian Jeff Galloway will be a special guest at this year's Step Up, Florida 5K and Health Festival, which starts at 10 a.m. today at Spring Park in Green Cove Springs. The 5K will be followed by a 1-mile fun run...
St. Johns Briefs
TRICK OR TREAT BAGS The Helping Hands of St. Johns County, a volunteer organization, recently filled 153 Trick or Treat Bags for the children at the Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, the Salvation Army and Trout Creek Senior Center. The bags were...
St. Joseph's Catholic Church Has Two Big Projects Underway; A New Walking Rosary Garden and Mausoleum Are under Construction
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A new project in Mandarin could offer peace of mind to the living, while another nearby will offer a final resting place to those who have passed on. A new mausoleum is under construction at the historic 135-year-old St. Joseph's...
SUBMARINERS LAMENT; during WWII, Subs Carried War to Enemy
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - World War II ended for Gordon Hiatt in an expected way. He was serving on the USS Bluefish, an American submarine, when his crew learned the Japanese surrendered. But he still had one more mission. Hiatt,...
Submarines Carried War to Enemy; Veterans Reunite to Remember Their History and Honor Their Dead
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS, Ga. - World War II ended for Gordon Hiatt in an expected way. He was serving on the USS Bluefish, an American submarine, when his crew learned the Japanese surrendered. But he still had one more mission. Hiatt,...
Symphony Wows with Beethoven's 5th
Byline: MARC DICKMAN The Jacksonville Symphony should be congratulated for the world-class level of performance it showed in Thursday night's performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Jacksonville is truly blessed to have such a fine group of musicians...
Teacher's Photos Net Her a Rebuke; Sandalwood Educator Will Apologize to Students for Her "Poor Judgment."
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR A Sandalwood High School teacher has received a verbal reprimand from her principal for her "poor judgment" when she showed students cell-phone pictures Thursday that included one depicting President-elect Obama as a gorilla....
Tennis Team Grabs Third-Place Finish
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The women's team from Jacksonville, representing the USTA Florida Section, finished third at the USTA League presented Chrysler 4.5 Adult National Championships at the Randolph Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Jacksonville...
THE GIFT OF BLOOMS; Should You Try to Keep Those Holiday Plants for the Long-Term?
Byline: JUDY WELLS It was a glorious spot of beauty for weeks, but now the last bloom dropped off and there the potted plant sits, haunting you. You hate to chuck a living thing in the trash, but is a slow death better? With the holidays on the...
This Mazda Wins by a Nose; RX-8 R3 Coupe: It's Lean and Mean
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The year was 1972, the location Lime Rock Race Track in Connecticut. The late Paul Newman had been bitten by the racing bug after doing his film, Winning, and I watched him campaigning a Datsun 510 with skill on the winding...
Time to Unite, Both on National and Local Scale
Byline: LAMAR THAMES As I write this, it is Monday, the day before what surely will be a historic day in America. I have no doubt that Barack Obama will become our new president when all of the votes are counted, even if there are reports of discrimination,...
Two-Headed Offense; Bulldogs Try to Contain Both Kentucky QBs
Byline: ROGER CLARKSON ATHENS, Ga. -- Unconventional offenses make defenders and the men who coach them lose sleep. By definition, unconventional offenses are hard to predict. The ball can go in multiple directions, sometimes on the same play....
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Events Need to Be Better Coordinated
I would like to rant about whose job is it to organize all these functions in Jacksonville. I mean, can we move the fair to an earlier date in October? There was so much traffic coinciding with the Georgia-Florida game. It was horrible. It took forever...
Undefeated Fletcher High Taking on Bartram Trail High
Byline: Brian Kosoy Beaches-area athletes shined this week on the field, court and water. Here are some top performers and events: - Friday night lights: The Fletcher High football team remained undefeated Oct. 31, defeating visiting Lee 21-14...
Veteran Is a Living Lesson in History; This Survivor of the USS Intrepid Tells His Story for Posterity
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND On the wall of his Southside home, Bill Clinton has a large framed print of the USS Intrepid showing a Japanese kamikaze making its suicidal plunge toward the aircraft carrier with smoke and flames billowing from its fuselage....
Veterans Day Ceremony Will Be Coming Up Tuesday at Beaches
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Military veterans will be honored around the Beaches for Veterans Day on Tuesday with ceremonies and free admission to state parks. The Ponte Vedra Valley Funeral Home and Cemetery at 4750 Palm Valley Road will honor veterans...
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